adjective, blear·i·er, blear·i·est.

(of the eyes or sight) blurred or dimmed, as from sleep or weariness.
indistinct; unclear: The day begins with a bleary view of one's world.
fatigued; worn-out.

Origin of bleary

1350–1400; Middle English blery. See blear (adj.), -y1
Related formsblear·i·ly, adverbblear·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of bleary

Historical Examples of bleary

  • He was old and bleary, unmistakably dirty too—but he had divined Sidney's romance.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "Yes, Miss," said the stranger, blinking at her with his bleary eyes.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • Then I stopped, for the man with the bleary eyes had shut the wicket in my face.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • I recognised it in spite of the red blotches and the bleary film that hid the eyes.

    Novel Notes

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • Her eyes were bleary and red-rimmed, her breath reeked of porter.

    Lady Bountiful

    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for bleary


adjective blearier or bleariest

(of eyes or vision) dimmed or blurred, as by tears or tiredness
indistinct or unclear
exhausted; tired
Derived Formsblearily, adverbbleariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bleary

late 14c., from blear + -y (2). Related: Blearily; bleariness.

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